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Revitalize your Home for the New Year! Part 1

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The start of a new year gives all of us of a clean slate. It’s an opportunity to start fresh and set a few resolutions to improve your quality of life. Most people set goals around eating well and committing to an exercise program or maybe even finding a new job. We’d like to encourage you to think about revitalizing something that surrounds you every day ­– your home! Updates to your home, whether big or small, will bring you joy and comfort you will enjoy every day.

You don’t have to do it alone. Decor&You is here to help with our new series of tips for Revitalizing Your Home.  In this first blog, we will get you started with evaluating your existing space.  Use our handy checklist  as a guide; score each of the major areas of your home’s decor.  Once you have finished, select the top three lowest ranking as your first areas to revitalize by making quick fixes that have a big impact.

If you need some inspiration, here are some examples:

Improve the Impression of Your Room

Sort through and select only your favorite items.  Toss, donate, or store others to be rotated out for seasonal display (but, make sure to schedule your rotation).

Wall Color

Can you clearly identify the dominant, secondary and accent color? If not, you may need to “rearrange your colors” so that they do the work intended to highlight your space. If your colors are just washed out or tired, revitalize them with a splash of color in your accessories such as art, pillows, throw, area rugs, an upholstered bench, or pouf.

Floor Planning & Accessibility

If your traffic flow is awkward or undefined, look at what is causing the problem.  Rearrange or substitute pieces of furnishings to achieve your desired effect.

Lighting                                                                        

If you lack a lighting plan, create one. Layering is a great way to plan for a variety of uses. Add light fixtures such as wall sconces, pendant lights or lamps. Add dimmer switches to create even more flexibility.  

If it’s style that is off and your lighting fixtures don’t create your intended look and feel for this room, make some updates to enhance your design aesthetic and the mood you want in the space.

Window Treatments

If they aren’t performing the appropriate function - diffusing light, offering privacy, framing your outdoor view or are just simply outdated or worn - update them!   Look on Houzz or Instagram for inspiration or ask a professional for an unbiased opinion on options.  A fresh perspective can shed a wealth of options and some of them don’t have to be intricate or costly.

Stay tuned for next month’s tip on Revitalizing Your Home and in the meantime, if you want to reach out to your local Decor&You decorator for a color consult or assistance with a specific project, we’d be happy to help!

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Posted 30 weeks ago